Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review - Cold Salt Water

Cold Salt Water
by Maria C. McCarthy
Date: 2017
Publisher: East of the Web
Reading level: A
Book type: short story
Pages: 3
Format: e-book

The water is pink, the blood seeping into the crystals.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This isn't a story. Sorry, but it's not. It's the introduction of a few unlikable characters: the narrator, who's a stereotypical enabling housewife and mother; her husband, whose only character trait is that he's a drunk; and her son, a little prick who expects his mother to wait on him like he's a freaking prince.

The "story" seems to take place in Ireland or Northern Ireland a few decades ago. The IRA and bombings are mentioned. Kieran (the son) comes home bloody and bruised, and his mother wants to wash the blood out of his shirt. She knows he's having sex with someone, because she's found his condoms. And that's literally all there is to this "story". No beginning, no middle, and definitely no end.

What a waste of a couple of minutes!

Plot: 0/5
Characters: 2/5
Pace: 2/5
Writing & Editing: 2/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 0/5

Overall Rating: 1.14 out of 5 ladybugs

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